Help Host RAIHN Families @ Third

Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) is consists of 41 local, culturally diverse, and caring faith communities who provide food, shelter, hospitality, and personalized case management for our area's homeless families - that is, families with children - assisting them to achieve sustainable independence. Host congregation Third Church along with support partner, New Life Presbyterian Church, has hosted 4 rotations each year since RAIHN opened its doors in April 2004.

Here's how to help.

Before Our Host Week

  • Supplies - Shopping to replace items
  • Food - Shopping for staples, as well as our "continental" and hot breakfasts, and snacks
  • Laundry - Laundering and organizing our 'linen closet'
  • Donations - Identifying and reacting to on-going needs for hosting our guests

During Our Host Weeks

  • "Pre" Set-up Saturday: We typically start setting up our lodging areas the Saturday morning prior to our guests' arrival on Sunday, in order to stage our beds, lamps, supplies, linens, etc, from the bottom floor of our Ed Bldg to the top floor
  • Set-up Sunday: Transform Sunday School rooms into bedrooms, and set up bathrooms and kitchen areas, on the first Sunday of our host week immediately after church, just in time for our families' arrival about 2:00 p.m.
  • Children's Activities: Read, play board games, do crafts for a couple of hours while parents are settling in and getting oriented on Set-up Sunday
  • Take-down Sunday: We quickly remove our beds, etc., and put our classrooms back into their original shape as well as emptying the mini-kitchen of our food stuffs, storing everything back in our closet on the bottom level of the Education Building

These hosting roles require advance RAIHN-training in order to serve directly, as a client-facing Host:

  • Dinner team (prepare/host the dinner and evening): Dinner time is 6 p.m., with hosts arriving at 5 p.m. (4 p.m. on Saturday)
  • Overnight team: Arrive by 8:30 p.m. as the dinner team leaves, help with continental breakfast the next morning (M-F), and leave by 7:15/7:30 a.m.
  • Hot Breakfast preparers: We serve a hot breakfast Saturday and Sunday
  • Host the Day Center next door from 10-1 only on our Saturday
  • Pizza lunch on Sunday at noon: We host the Day Center on Sunday during take-down starting at 9 a.m. as families might like to return there, hosting lunch, and helping load the van at 1:30 p.m.

Beyond Third Church

  • Van drivers - drive the RAIHN van from the host church to the day center and return daily and on weekends. Contact: David Poland (586-0742) to volunteer
  • Day Center Staff - provide general office support, or accompany clients to appointments and assist families with employment and housing searches as directed by the network director. The Day Center is next door to the church at 34 Meigs St. Contact: Kim Hunt-Uzelac (506-9050)
  • Movers - assist families with moving furniture and belongings into their own homes. The commitment is for an evening during the week or part of a Saturday. Contact: (506-9050).
  • Donations – help provide basic furniture and household needs to enable our families to fill their new home
Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street
Choose among the hosting dates November 29 - December 6, 2015; February 28 - March 6, 2016; May 29 - June 5; August 28 - September 4; November 13–20 or subsequent RAIHN cycles as they are determined
Lou Loggi, 781-4237
Or Rev. Lynette Sparks, Associate Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church, 271-6537 x 106